It seems as if FC Barcelona are under concerted attack at the minute. The latest comes under the guise of a suggestion that the Catalan club has falsified it’s accounts and misled it’s shareholders over the amount of money it cost to bring the Brazilian superstar Neymar to the Camp Nou last summer.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo has published the claims, seemingly gathered from leaked court documents given to the authorities by Barcelona executives. The paper claims that the real cost of Neymar’s transfer could be as high as 95 million euros, with some payments apparently hidden in things like payments for scouting work done by Neymar’s father, payments for friendlies between Santos and Barca and many other things that are not necessarily anything to do with the transfer..
However, the Catalan press have hit back and suggested that this could be some sort of smear tactic, possibly instigated by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. Apparently, the source of the leak is a journalist called Eduardo Inda. This guy is not exactly neutral. He used to be the editor of Marca, the heavily Madrid biased sports daily. He once branded Pep Guardiola as a `terrorist` as well as accusing the Barcelona team of widespread use of performance enhancing drugs.
The important thing for Tata Martino and the Barcelona players is to pay no attention and just focus on playing football. With Real Madrid having closed the gap to just one point, the timing of this so-called `revelation` is certainly interesting